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Shadow Tech Backup XL Tanto Fixed 3.5" Black 1095 Carbon Blade, Micarta Handle, Kydex Sheath - STK011

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Part Number: SDSTK011
Manufacturer: Shadow Tech Knives
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SDSTK011: Backup Tanto XL with Black Canvas Micarta Scales
Shadow Tech
The Backup XL Bowie is a larger heavy duty concealable knife than the regular Backup model, yet is still designed for those harsh, rugged applications. It's a well built, hard use tactical fixed blade with a variety of blade styles and handle materials available. The blade is made out of 1095 high carbon steel, 1/4" thick heat treated to 57-58HRC with a black powder coat finish. Each one comes with a sturdy Kydex sheath with a clip that is set up for many versatile carry positions, allowing the user to carry almost any way imaginable. Including cross draw, left, right or the small of your back. You can also run your Molle straps though it or remove the belt clip all together and lace it into gear. This knife has a positive snap in the sheath! It can be carried upside down with no worries! Makes for an excellent EDC fixed blade or, as the name suggests, backup knife in addition to your main tactical weapon.
  • Blade Length: 3-1/2"
  • Cutting Edge: 3"
  • Blade Thickness: 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 7"
  • Width: 1-1/2"
  • Blade Steel: 1095 High Carbon Steel, 57-58HRC
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta
  • Sheath Material: Black Molded Kydex® Sheath with Clip
  • Weight: 12.5 oz. with Sheath
  • Made in the USA
1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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Sep 17, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish, Weight
Firstly, let me just say that this is a great knife for my purposes. I'm a fleet mechanic and often use my knives as pry bars, gasket scrapers, chisels, opening boxes, and obviously, cutting things. At a full 1/4" thick, this knife has some serious heft to it. It came relatively sharp from Knifecenter. It takes an edge well and holds it. The tanto part is a little tougher to sharpen as it has almost a convex grind to it, while the belly of the blade is a flat grind. Made with a solid heat treat in the USA. That's the good. The bad stuff doesn't bother me so much, but I'll put it out there. The grinds aren't done very well. They're not symmetrical, and it takes a good bit of work to get them there. The traction coating could have been applied more evenly. I don't care for coatings anyway, so I stripped mine and used some cold bluing paste to add a nice patina. Also, the handle scales don't sit flush and there's no insert to protect the Micarta in the lanyard hole. The kydex sheath fits perfectly and holds the knife snug. It has several different carry options available and fits my big riggers belt. Although, it's a bit heavy for an EDC knife. Overall, I say this company should be up there with Tops knives in a few years. This is a great entry level price for a knife from a new company that is poised to get much bigger. If you need a small, heavy sharpened pry bar, this is your knife.
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